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Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words


A Library Journal Best Book of 2021


Kiran was the good daughter. When her sister disobeyed her family's plan and brought them shame, she was there to pick up the pieces. She vowed she wouldn't make the same mistakes. She'd be twice the daughter her parents needed, to make up for the one they lost.

Nash never had a family. The parents who were supposed to raise him were completely absent. Now as a psychologist, he sees the same pattern happening to the kids he works with. So he turns away from love and family. After all, abandonment is in his genes, isn't it?

If she follows the rules, Kiran will marry an Indian man. If he follows his fears, Nash will wind up alone. But what if they follow their hearts?


Publisher's Weekly

[Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words]  reads like a love letter to both Indian culture and the streets of New York distinguishes itself with relatable characters, a vibrant setting, ample, well-drawn Indian representation, and a delightful voice. This will surely win Sharma some fans.

Sonali Dev
Incense and Sensibility

A sweet story of finding love where you least expected to. A romp through New York City with fresh immigrant eyes. Kiran and Nash's journey to learning to see themselves and others across boundaries and preconceived notions will warm your heart.

Library Journal
Starred Review

The plot is captivating, and readers will ride its ups, downs, twists, and turns with Kiran and Nash as they search for a happily-ever-after.

Starred Review

Co-host of the Woke Desi podcast, Sharma drew on her own biobehavorial health background to create the charming characters in her memorable, not-to-be-missed novel of transcendent love, the promising start to her Chai Masala Club series.

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